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  1. UMGD Shuffles Sales Structure

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has changed its structure bringing digital and physical sales under the umbrella of Universal Music Distribution (UMD). The other divisions in UMGD are: Fontana, the indie distribution company; Vivendi Ent ...

  2. HFA To Provide Listening Service For Grammy Voters

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA) has managed to research, clear and obtain mechanical licensing authority for all Grammy-nominated tracks -- even those songs not represented in its catalog -- in order to provide an on-demand listening service for ...

  3. Stereophonics Extends Relationship With UMPG

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Stereophonics and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) have added to their existing music publishing agreement with a new long-term extension. The deal sees UMPG continue to administer the band's catalogue and future works around the world ...

  4. Exclusive: UMG Signs Licensing Deal with Kyte

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group recently closed a deal with Kyte, the media platform which enables companies to connect with audiences in real time on the internet or through mobile phones, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under the worldwide agreement, a ...

  5. Universal Takes Control Of Malaysia's Music Valley

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a deal with Music Valley, Malaysia's largest music retail chain, to acquire the domestic catalog of its music subsidiary MVM Home Entertainment. The deal also covers all artist agreements; terms were not discl ...

  6. Universal Appoints Korea Managing Director

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Korea has appointed Beom-Joon "BJ" Yang as managing director, effective Jan. 1. He will be based in Seoul and report to Max Hole, president, Universal Music Asia Pacific Region, and executive VP, UMG International. Yang w ...

  7. Warner Bros. Senior Exec Kevin Black Exits

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kevin Black, office of the chairman of urban music at Warner Bros., has exited his post. A successor has not yet been named. Black joined the label in Oct. 2006 after leaving his promotion post as VP of rap at Interscope. Gail Mitchell News Kevin ...

  8. Universal Aus Goes Play MPE Route For Pre-Releases

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian affiliate of Universal Music has reached an exclusive arrangement that enables all its pre-release music to be digitally serviced to media and press outlets via the Play MPE software. It's the second major coup in a week for th ...

  9. Barlow Takes Charge Of Geffen U.K.

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is rolling out the Geffen Records label in the U.K. for the first time. Polydor co-president Colin Barlow has been appointed Geffen U.K. president. Geffen U.K. will be a standalone label in a London HQ separate from Universal ...

  10. UMG, Kiwibox Partner For Music Video Content

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has entered into an agreement with Kiwibox.com to provide the teen-focused social networking Web site's users with thousands of music videos from the UMG catalog. UMG's music video catalog -- which includes videos f ...

  11. UMG Ups West To Senior VP

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul West has been promoted to senior VP of studio and vault operations for Universal Music Logistics. He most recently served as VP of the division. Based in Hollywood, West will continue to oversee Universal Music Group's studio and vault i ...

  12. UMG Names Harleston Senior Legal VP

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed Jeffrey Harleston to senior VP of business and legal affairs. He reports to Michael Ostroff, UMG's general counsel and executive VP of business and legal affairs worldwide. Most recently, Harleston se ...

  13. UMG Plans Online Music Video Portal

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is in the planning stages of establishing its own online music video portal—similar to NBC’s Hulu video streaming site, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources with knowledge of UMG’s plans, the service would host not ...

  14. Kierszenbaum To Lead Interscope's Rock/Pop A&R

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Martin Kierszenbaum, head of Cherrytree Records and president of international operations for Interscope Geffen A&M, will now add president of pop & rock A&R for Interscope Records to his duties. Kierszenbaum will oversee the label ...

  15. UMG Flips Switch On Ingrooves

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Six months after their initial investment, Universal Music Group announced the successful launch of Ingrooves' distribution services on behalf of UMG's U.S. and Canadian Distributed Labels. Over the next few months, Ingrooves will increa ...

  16. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Under the agreement, Interscope will provide strategic marketing and promotion for ...

  17. Edwards Upped At UMPG

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Maani Edwards has been promoted to VP of urban creative affairs, West Coast, for Universal Music Publishing Group. Edwards reports to Tom Sturges, executive VP and head of creative for the company. Edwards, who has been with UMPG for nine years, w ...

  18. Digital Briefs: Metallica On ‘Guitar Hero,’ UMG Taps Bell

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Every song from Metallica’s upcoming album, “Death Magnetic,” will be available for gamers to download and play on “Guitar Hero III” and its sequel “Guitar Hero World Tour” on the same day that it is released to retail, the band said on its Web ...

  19. Universal Music Publishing Turns On To Zodiak TV

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing and Zodiak Television have launched a strategic cooperation over rights to music composed for the Stockholm-based TV production company's programs. The Zodiak group operates 22 production companies in 14 countries, ...

  20. OFT OKs Universal's Big Life Buy

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has cleared Universal Music Publishing Group's acquisition of Big Life Music. Although the decision has yet to be published on the corporate watchdog's Web site, a spokesman confirms to Billboard th ...

  21. Universal, Disney Extend License Deal Into Asia

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal is the Disney Music Group's new licensee for Asia, excluding Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, announced today by Universal Music Group (UMG), UMG will market and distribute Disney product in both physical and digital formats ...

  22. UMG Buys U.K.'s Atmosphere Apparel

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has taken a tighter grip on the merchandising business through the acquisition of Atmosphere Apparel. UMG has struck a deal to buy the U.K.-based music merch firm, owned and founded by Mark Stredwick, for an undisclosed sum. ...

  23. Wolfgang's Vault Opens For Downloading

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Through a new arrangement between Wolfgang's Vault and Universal Music Group, vintage concert recordings from such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix will soon join the nearly 500 recordings already available for download pur ...

  24. Digital Briefs: UMG, Qualcomm, MTV

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Universal Music Group is working with Qualcomm to sell mobile entertainment content directly to music fans via a number of different platforms. Qualcomm's technology allows UMG to send content like ringtones, video ringtones and artist upda ...

  25. Clark Joins Hip Digital's Advisory Board

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tim Clark, co-founder of ie:music, the U.K. artist management firm which guides the career of Robbie Williams, has joined the advisory board of digital music marketing firm Hip Digital Media. "As a highly respected innovator and leader in the ...

  26. UMPG Buys Brit Publisher Big Life

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired indie publisher Big Life Music for an undisclosed sum. Through the deal, unveiled today, UMPG will have worldwide publishing rights to alternative rock act Snow Patrol's past and future works. Vet ...

  27. Sources: MySpace Music Service To Launch This Week

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The much-anticipated digital music service from MySpace could go live as early as Thursday, but most likely Friday, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources close to the discussions, UMG and WMG have either already signed agreements or are ...

  28. Universal Music U.K. Picks Arvato For Distribution

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is outsourcing its distribution operation to Bertelsmann's Arvato U.K., a sister company of Sony BMG, with effect from the end of April. According to UMG, all relevant staff are expected to transfer to Arvato U.K.'s ...

  29. Universal France Launches Blog For Web Entrepreneurs

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music France has launched a blog designed for Web entrepreneurs to submit new projects linking music with new technologies. Universal is reaching out to young entrepreneurs through the blog, which it promises will provide an efficient ro ...

  30. ABP, CP Masters Win Universal Catalogs

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group's sale of assets to gain European Commission approval for its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing is complete. Dutch fund ABP, the world's third largest pension fund, and European indie music publisher CP ...

  31. Lewis To Play Grammys

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! Jerry Lee Lewis will perform at the 50th Grammy Awards this Sunday. The announcement was made by Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow after Lewis' performance Wednesday night at "Sounds of ...

  32. New Domestic Repertoire Role For Universal's Bohne

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany in Berlin is tweaking the management structures for its national artist activities. Tom Bohne, previously managing director of the Universal Domestic Division (UDD), has been appointed to senior VP, with responsibilities fo ...

  33. Universal Partners With SACEM For Pan-Euro Licenses

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ending days of intense speculation at MIDEM, Universal Music Publishing Group has set up a digital licensing scheme in Europe. The publisher has formed a joint venture with French society SACEM which allows that society and France's mechanica ...

  34. UMPG To Unveil Online Royalty Tracking

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group will be rolling out an online portal for its songwriters and other customers to track and analyze their royalties. The publisher calls the new system RoyaltyWindow.com. UMPG chairman/CEO David Renzer, who is in Can ...

  35. MidemNet Day 1 - Quotes of the Day

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST "We're very committed," - Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy's response when asked if there was a chance UMG's record unit might be spun-off in future. "I remember legal bills per month of $500,000. It's hard to run a ...

  36. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  37. Urie Named CEO of UMGD

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jim Urie has been promoted to CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). Most previously Urie served as president of UMGD and will now carry the title of both president & CEO. He reports to Doug Morris, chairman and CEO of UMG, and Zach ...

  38. Universal Music Canada Cuts 19 Jobs

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada announced 19 job cuts last Friday (Jan. 11), as well as the departure of senior executives, as the company attempts to cope with sagging compact disc sales in the Canadian market. The job cuts were from administrative positi ...

  39. UMG Ups Gerson To Exec VP

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has promoted Matthew Gerson from senior VP to executive VP for public policy and government affairs. Gerson will oversee all public policy issues related to the company's business, including directing Universal's in ...

  40. The House Kate Built

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kate Walsh's reputation as a self-made artist should reach another level when the folk singer makes her U.S. debut in 2008 through a major label. The English singer-songwriter created a buzz in Britain with her sophomore 2006 album "Tim& ...

  41. Report: Sony BMG Layoffs Coming

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG could be close to laying off as many as 70 of its mid-level executive roster before the end of the year. Silicon Alley Insider reports that some of the executives have already been notified, and others are pending . A Sony BMG spokesman d ...

  42. Entravision Buys Mega For $24M

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Media company Entravision Communications will acquire Spanish-language station WNUE-FM (Mega, 98.1 FM) in Orlando from Mega Communications for about $24 million. Spanish-language Entravision began operating the station, which plays tropical and po ...

  43. UMG Chief Doug Morris Profiled In Wired

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group's Doug Morris is the focus of a profile in the coming issue of Wired magazine , delving into both the history and future of the company's digital music efforts. The piece is one part profile, one part opinion piece ...

  44. OFT Sheds Light On Its UMG-V2 Clearance

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has published in-depth detail behind its decision to approve Universal Music Group's acquisition of V2. In its assessment, posted today on the OFT Web site, the competition regulator noted that the two c ...

  45. Donegan Appointed Senior IT VP For UMPG

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mike Donegan has been appointed senior VP of global IT for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Donegan reports directly to Michael Sammis, executive VP of operations/CFO worldwide for UMPG, and is based in London. Formerly, Donegan served as ...

  46. U.K.'s OFT Clears UMG-V2 Deal

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group cleared the final hurdle in its acquisition of V2 Music Group when Britain's Office Of Fair Trading said today it would not refer the buyout to the Competition Commission. In a brief statement issued on its Web site, the ...

  47. Van Morrison Nearly On Top

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Van Morrison's new album "Still On Top" is on target for a No. 2 bow when the British chart is published on Sunday, according to his record label Polydor. As things stand in the mid-week sales chart, the hits set would better his pr ...

  48. Van Morrison Signs New Polydor Deal

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT UMG's Polydor Records and Van Morrison have struck a new deal which has enabled the label to mine the veteran Northern Irish singer/songwriter's catalog for a new greatest hits release. Through the new relationship, which Polydor declare ...

  49. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  50. Shindler Takes Mercury Nashville Promotion Post

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Promotion veteran Bruce Shindler has been named VP of national promotion for Mercury Nashville. He replaces John Ettinger, who exits the company. Concurrently, Universal Music Group Nashville director of radio marketing Katie Dean rises to the new ...

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